I recently took some time with my daughter to make the trip to Hurricane Ridge in the Olympic National Park, Washington (state). We were taking advantage of a new moon to do some stargazing in the clear air at 5200 feet. We arrived before sunset and walked some of the area trails. The deer were very cooperative models. I took several shots of this male deer and positioned myself so I could capture the deer with the mountains in the background. He was feeding so his head was down most of the time. Patience paid off because when he final raised his head, I snapped this image:
Using a tripod shooting 1/40s at f4 with ISO100, I was happy the deer did not move during the exposure.
As the sun set, I took this shot (1s, f22, ISO100):
Finally, once it was dark enough we looked at the stars and I set up for some night shots. This image is looking south over the mountain range (20s, f1.8, ISO3200 using a 50mm lens; two image vertical panorama):
If you get the chance to visit this wonderful and diverse park be sure to take your camera!!
Thanks for reading and enjoy!
Curtis Smith (Curtwill7)
Gorgeous work! I notice you are from the Kingston area. I was just up there enjoying the fall colors and visiting my aunt and uncle, Drs. Stephen and Robin Larsen. They are fairly well known in the arts community; maybe you know them?
If you go there on a summer evening, the deer are much more visible. They usually are scarce during the day when many people are there.
The star gazing is fantastic as well so if you have a good telescope bring it along. The Milky Way image actually has a meteorite trail in the upper right corner but you can barely see it in the thumbnail.
Thank you to everyone for the encouraging comments!
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